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"The color of springtime is in the flowers, the color of winter is in the imagination."  ~Ward Elliot Hour

"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:  it is the time for home. " ~Edith Sitwell
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At the end of every season, I look forward to the next. I love spring. I love summer. I love fall. And I also love winter. This winter has been quite a time of different things, good times, and a whole bunch of snow!

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Snow--

Tennessee has had an incredible amount of snow this winter! I love it! I love to dance around in it, I love to have snowball fights, and go sledding!  
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What I do without my previous "life"--

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Many of you know that after Christmas my sister and I stopped playing basketball. I've played for this team since I was nine. So naturally, it was a very hard decision. It was practically all I did. We quit for different reasons, but it doesn't really matter. But since that was over, and it took up so much of our time, we felt like we needed a thing to DO.  
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(We were able to go to Atlanta for the regional tournament, and that was a whole lot of fun! I had a great time with my friends and brother and sister!)

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So I have been playing the guitar since November, but lately I've really gotten into it! Free sheet music has been such a blessing! I've been able to just worship while doing something that I have grown to love. It is amazing!  
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Another thing I have started to get into is reading. And reading with purpose. Deep books that draw me to Jesus. It's been hard, because I have never liked reading at all. There is just so much good in books, that I can hardly not read!  
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My siblings-- 

Within the last two years or so, my siblings and I have gotten so super close. It has been since our conversions that we have become not just brothers and sisters, but good friends.  
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Katie has become one of the best friends I could have ever asked for. She and I know just about anything you'd want to know about each other (did that make any sense?). I love her to death! 
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Caleb is the sweetest most thoughtful guy I know. He has so many qualities that are completely admirable. Not to even mention His passion for his Father. 
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We spent Valentines weekend watching Disney movies, staying up late eating junk food, and sleeping on the magic carpets that he constructed for us! :)  
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Jeep-- 

Ever since my dad was 9, he's wanted a Jeep Wrangler. This afternoon after church we walked outside and the surprise that awaited was shocking. There, in the parking lot was his own Jeep Wrangler! The sweet people from our church had bought him it! There are no words to explain! We are so so so thankful. We went to the mountains today :) 



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    My Jesus, I beg You that I would become worthy enough to suffer for You wonderful name!

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    "Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the Name" Acts 5:41

    "Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I  am weak, then I am stong." 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

    "There is creation and Creator, nothing more. And creation gets all its meaning and purpose from God." John Piper-don't waste your life 

    "Life is wasted when we do not live for the glory of God. And I mean ALL of life. It's all for His glory. That's why the Bible gets down to eatting and drinking. "Whether you eat, or drink, or whatsoever you do, do ALL TO THE GLORY OF GOD" We waste our lives when we do not weave God into our eatting and drinking and every other part by enjoying and displaying Him." 
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    To see the nations recognize Your name
    'Til every tribe and tongue voices Your praise
    Send us out
    You should be the praise of every toungue
    You should be the joy of every heart
    But until the fullness of Your kingdom comes
    Until that final revelation dawns
    Send us out


            -Matt Redman                   Mission's Flame

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